Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of by Tim Berners-Lee

By Tim Berners-Lee

Named one of many maximum minds of the twentieth century by means of Time, Tim Berners-Lee is liable for considered one of that century's most vital developments: the realm large web.  Now, this low-profile genius-who by no means in my view profitted from his invention -offers a compelling protrait of his invention.  He unearths the Web's origins and the production of the now ubiquitous http and www acronyms and stocks his perspectives on such severe concerns as censorship, privateness, the expanding strength of softeware businesses , and the necessity to locate the proper stability among advertisement and social forces.  He deals insights into the genuine nature of the internet, displaying readers how one can use it to its fullest advantage.  And he offers his personal plan for the Web's destiny, calling for the energetic help and participation of programmers, machine brands, and social businesses to regulate and keep this helpful source in order that it may well stay a strong strength for social switch and an outlet for person creativity.

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Web activity was increasing at a relentlessly steady, exponential rate. ch. It was now taking ten thousand hits a day. The rate was incredible, still doubling every three or four months, growing by a factor of ten every year, from °ne hundred hits a day in the summer of 1991, to one thousand in the summer of 1992, to ten thousand in the summer of 1993. 1 no longer had to push the bobsled. It was time to jump in and steer. 74 75 w e a v i n g t h e w e b I did not want to form a standards body per se, but some c h a n g e s dows, and the Mac.

The gram didn't seem as foreign. GPL was developed by Richard Stallman for his Free Software It was just about this time, spring 1993, that the University Foundation, and while it allowed things to be distributed and of Minnesota decided it would ask for a license fee from certain used freely, there were strings attached, such that any modifica- classes of users who wanted to use gopher. Since the gopher tions also had to be released under the same G P L . going to charge an annual fee. The browser, and the act of panies like I B M would not allow the Web on the premises if browsing, would be free, and the server software would remain there was any kind of licensing issue, because that would be too free to nonprofit and educational institutions.

Whew! C h a n g e s M y experience at NCSA, and the near disaster over licensing, made me more convinced than ever that some kind of body was needed to oversee the Web's development. The Web's fast growth added to my feeling. The Web was starting to change phase. Some people were still sending me e-mail about putting up new servers. But others were not; they just started them. C E R N and I were beginning to blend into the background hum. Web activity was increasing at a relentlessly steady, exponential rate.

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